Funding Opportunities

Updated May 21, 2020    

$15 MILLION IN IMLS CARES ACT GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR MUSEUMS AND LIBRARY SERVICES – APPLY BY JUNE 12 The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – NEXT DEADLINE JUNE 15 The Humanities for All Quick Grant program supports locally-initiated small-scale public humanities activities and projects. Humanities for All Quick Grants seek to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future. Projects may use digital or in person formats, and should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation.


CA CARES RELIEF GRANTS (ROUND 2) – APPLY BY JUNE 15 Due to serious impact on the public humanities field across California caused by COVID-19, California Humanities has announced grants to provide much-needed funds to the public humanities sector thanks to funding through the NEH and State of California. The deadline for Round 2 funding is June 15.


NATIONAL ARTS AND DISABILITY CENTER GRANT: ARTS AND COMMUNICATION ACCESS PROGRAM – APPLY BY JUNE 15 The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) in partnership with Ability Central Philanthropy is offering a new grant opportunity, the Arts and Communication Access Program. The NADC will provide California non-profit arts organizations with project support (up to $5,000) toward activities that promote communication access to individuals with disabilities in arts programming or audience accommodations.


2020 AASLH ANNUAL MEETING SMALL MUSEUMS SCHOLARSHIP – APPLY BY JUNE 21 The American Association for State and Local History's Small Museums Committee is offering $700 scholarships to members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums (budget of $250,000 or less) to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting this September in Las Vegas.


CYCLE 2 ARTS AND ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM GRANTS – APPLY MAY–JULY The California Arts Council (CAC) and the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) have partnered to provide small, but critical grants to artists with disabilities, and to arts organizations seeking to make programs accessible for all. The purpose of this grants program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts by people with disabilities throughout California.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has created an FAQ page to address general COVID-19-related questions associated with submitting applications to IMLS grant programs and managing existing awards. IMLS encourages applicants and awardees to monitor this website regularly for updates.